Amid public hypothesis, media inquiries and an ongoing investigation by authorities, the household of the late nation music legend Naomi Judd has revealed that she died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound when she was 30 at 76. They had beforehand solely revealed that she had died of “the disease of insanity.”

Speaking to Good Morning America’s Diane Sawyer on Thursday morning (5-12), daughter Ashley Judd mentioned: “She used a gun… my mother used a gun. So this is the information that we are very uncomfortable sharing, but understand that if we don’t say it, we are in a position where someone else will.

The incident happened a day before the Judds were due to be officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. With the family’s blessings, the ceremony went as planned, with Ashley speaking alongside her sister and the other half of The Judds, Wynonna.

Ashley continued to tell Diane Sawyer, “Our mom could not maintain out till her friends inducted her into the Hall of Fame. That is the cataclysmic stage of what was taking place to her as a result of the barrier between the respect they confirmed her couldn’t penetrate her coronary heart and the lie the sickness was telling her was so convincing.”

Although the household is satisfied the dying resulted from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, it is vital to notice that the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department has nonetheless not made a dedication on the reason for dying and is awaiting a conclusive coroner’s report, earlier than making any provisions.

“We have nothing more to release than what we’ve already said, which is that this is a death investigation simply because we’re awaiting the coroner’s findings,” mentioned Sharon Puckett, public data officer for Williamson County Country Music Rescue. “That’s how we do business. As long as we haven’t confirmed anything, we won’t speculate. That’s where we are.”

Country music legend Tom T. Hall additionally died in Williamson County. Hall died on August 21, 2021, nevertheless it has not been confirmed till months later that he had additionally died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Due to toxicology and different testing, it might probably usually take six weeks or extra for post-mortem stories to be accomplished.

Last week, People Magazine reported that Naomi had died of suicide, and quite a few different retailers picked up on the information. However, neither the native authorities nor the household or representatives needed to substantiate the knowledge on the time and it got here from undisclosed sources.

Ashley Judd mentioned of her mom’s discovery: “It’s been a mixed day. I visit my mom and dad every day when I’m home in Tennessee, so like every day I was visiting the house. Mama said to me: ‘Will you stay with me?’ and I said, “Of course I’ll.” … I went upstairs to let her know that her good friend was there, and I spotted her. I’m both sad and traumatized to have discovered her.”

Naomi Judd was open about her struggles with psychological sickness, and that she was harboring suicidal ideas. By disclosing her explanation for dying, the Judd household hopes not solely to take care of management of the narrative about their mom, but in addition to boost consciousness of the kind of struggling that psychological sickness may cause.

“My mother knew she was seen and heard in her agony, and she was taken home,” Ashley informed Diane Sawyer. “When we talk about mental illness, it’s very important to be clear and differentiate between our loved one and the illness. It’s very real and it’s lying, it’s wild.”


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